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Bedknobs and Broomsticks was produced several years after Walt Disney's death and released in the fall of 1971. As it turned out, Bedknobs was frequently compared to Walt Disney -- probably thanks to several striking similarities between the two productions, notably the presence in the cast of David Tomlinson, the use of Cockney children as central characters, and the inclusion of sequences that combine animation and live-action. Set in wartime England, Bedknobs stars Angela Lansbury as Eglantine Price, a would-be witch who hopes to use her newly acquired conjuring powers to forestall a Nazi invasion. Saddled with three surly kids who've been evacuated from London, Lansbury wins over her charges by performing various and sundry feats of magic. And, yes, she manages to foil a few Germans along the way. The film's most famous episode is an elaborate undersea fantasy, which combines animation with live-action on a gargantuan scale, dwarfing all previous Disney sequences along these lines. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:October 7, 1971

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Emile Kuri Best Art Direction 1971 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Angela Lansbury Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy 1971 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Robert B. Sherman Best Song 1971 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Robert B. Sherman Best Adaptation and Original Song Score 1971 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Richard M. Sherman Best Song 1971 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Richard M. Sherman Best Adapted or Original Song Score 1971 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Alan Maley Best Visual Effects 1971 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Eustace Lycett Best Visual Effects 1971 Winner

Cast

Angela Lansbury
as Eglantine Price
David Tomlinson
as Emelius Browne
Roddy McDowall
as Mr. Jelk
Sam Jaffe
as Bookman
John Ericson
as Col. Heller
Cindy O'Callaghan
as Carrie
Bruce Forsyth
as Swinburne
Reginald Owen
as Gen. Teagler
Cyril Delevanti
as German Sergeant
Hank Worden
as Militiaman
Roy Smart
as Paul
Tessie O'Shea
as Mrs. Hobday
Ben Wrigley
as Street Sweeper
Rick Traeger
as German Sergeant
Manfred Lating
as German Sergeant
John Orchard
as Vendor
Lennie Weinrib
as Secretary Bird/Lion
Ian Weighall
as Charlie
Richard Peel
as Vendor (uncredited)
Hank Worden
as Militiaman
Tessie O'Shea
as Mrs. Hobday
Manfred Lating
as German Sergeant
Lennie Weinrib
as Secretary Bird/Lion
Roy Smart
as Paul
Ian Weighall
as Charlie
Rick Traeger
as German Sergeant
Reginald Owen
as Gen. Teagler
John Orchard
as Vendor
Ben Wrigley
as Street Sweeper
Cyril Delevanti
as German Sergeant

Crew

Robert Stevenson
Director
Bill Walsh
Producer
Bill Walsh
Screenwriter
Don DaGradi
Screenwriter
Robert B. Sherman
Songwriter
Robert B. Sherman
Composer (Music Score)
Richard M. Sherman
Composer (Music Score)
Richard M. Sherman
Songwriter
Cotton Warburton
Editor
Eustace Lycett
Special Effects
Alan Maley
Special Effects
Art Stevens
Animator
Ward Kimball
Animator
Donald McKayle
Choreography
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